LAURA INNES: On behalf of the cast I am very honored to accept this award. We’re so happy; We’re so grateful; we’re so fortunate to work together, to have a wonderful writing staff and producing staff. And be acknowledged in the company of the other actors who were also nominated. And I want to thank you very much to our peers.
Thanks to our producers: Jon Wells, Lydia Woodward, and Carol Flint. Our wonderful crew are funny and smart and terrific; and our wonderful day players and guest players and reoccurring players. YES! They come in….[Applause]
They come in every single day and they do amazing work and they jump on the speeding train and they open themselves up to us and we acknowledge them.
JASON ALEXANDER: We never do anything without our head writer and he couldn’t be here tonight. He always speaks for us. Jerry, (on phone with Jerry Seinfeld), let ‘s see if this works.
MICHAEL RICHARDS: Jerry
JASON ALEXANDER: (holding phone up to microphone) Jerry, go ahead. Can you speak up Jerry. America is watching. Well this has worked as well…What you tell me, I’ll tell them. No, they can’t hear you. No, they can’t hear you.
MICHAEL RICHARDS: Translate
JASON ALEXANDER: Say something nice.
Jerry would like to thank his mother. We’d like to thank Jerry Seinfeld for his outstanding writing regardless of the fact that he’s never been nominated for anything, or won anything in nine years. He is still the richest and best looking star on television. [Applause]
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUSS: Thank you.
JASON ALEXANDER: We’re very excited. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Thank you very much. First of all, my hair is off…my hat is off. [Laugh]
I have a deep salute and great congratulations and admiration for the other actors in this category. I know what an hour is like. David and Jimmy and Dennis and Sam, I have great respect for you.
And once again I am very fortunate to work with a tremendous ensemble of actors. A lot of them are here tonight: Laura and Noah and Gloria and Juliana and George and everybody, it’s a big love in there. And that’s when the acting works well cause that’s…we all work together. So I am a proud leader of that. And I thank them.
And as always, this is only here (statue), and I am only here out of inspiration and love of my wife and my children. As we can all relate to, those of us who actually love people. [Laugh]
So, thank you all and respect you all. Thank you. [Applause]
I just learned a really important lesson tonight – to try the shoes on before you actually come to the award ceremony. [Laugh]
Thank you so much, this is such an honor coming from my peers, to the women who were nominated along with me. I’m overwhelmed; I wasn’t expecting this at all.
I have an incredible cast to thank. They have incredible mastered the art of throwing the line away on our show. Which I think most actors would agree is possible the hardest thing to do. And you ar so brilliant to work with.
I have to give special thanks to my partner in crime, George Clooney. Who, although is not here tonight, really allows me to be free with my acting and gives me so much space. It’s a joy to work with you. George, wherever you are.
To my incredible agent, Steve Dottenville - I would go on but Alfre Woodard really said it all at the Golden Globes, so I just second her emotions.
Carrie Ross for her guidance and the writers and the producers, Lydia Woodward, Carol Flint …there’s too many people. You’re all wonderful. My family, I couldn’t be here tonight without you. And my true inspiration, I love you and thank you Ron. [Applause]
I figured out a long time ago that no body acts alone and that an actor is only as good as the people he acts with. So Jane Kurtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joey Gordan-Levitt, Elmaria Wendel, Simbi Khali, Wayne Knight and all of our guest stars of last year. You have secured this for me for the second year in a row.
Also, for the second year in a row our cast has been honored by a nomination for the best ensemble in a comedy. I am very, very proud to be in this group.
Also, for the second year in a row you have nominated exactly the same five actors in this category: Chelsey, David, Jason, Michael and me. Now here’s an idea. How about an original comedy or an original drama, for that matter, with the five of us. Now there’s an ensemble I would love to be a part of. Among the five of us, we could make the Full Monte boys look to their laurels. Gentleman, name the date; the rest of you, thank you so much. [Applause]
Um, thank you ver much. You know we have about…we have three shows left to do before we wend the season. It doesn’t seem that there are going to be many more opportunities to thank people publicly. So I’d like to very muck thank Jerry Seinfeld for being such a hard worker. He’s working tonight on an episode in the office.
And I’d like to thank Jason Alexander and Michael Richards because they’re so much fun to work with.
And I’d like to thank Glen Caddnick who is a great laugher and a great guy from Castle Rock.
And, my husband, who’s a great husband and thanks a million.
It’s always nice to win…and hello to everybody in the world. [Applause]
Thank you. YEAH! I am really nervous here. And Uh, thank you Ted Turner, Brad Segal, Julie Wice, Nick Limbardo, TNT for making this movie and supporting our great director John Frankenheimer. Everytime you pushed and thank you John Framkenheimer for pushing as much as you did to make this movie.
My family; my beautiful wife, Morra, for your courage, your strength, your support, your love, and your friendship…thank you honey.
My agent Patrick Whitsel; my manager, Jerry Harrington, for their support.
We have a great cast in George Wallace: Angelina Jolie, Clarence William III, Jo Don Baker, Teri Kenny and the beautiful Mary Winningham. These actors just...I mean [Applause]
Everyone in this room knows what it’s like to be around actors when they’re coming at you. It just brings up the level of your own performance and it makes everything richer and it makes you invest so much more.
I have to thank all my friends and fellow actors. Steppenwolf theatre in Chicago, for the great teachers they have been throughout my artistic life. That’s been my artistic home for over twenty years. And I got to tell you, just being in this room and looking at these people. Everyone in here has been a teacher to me. Jack Nicholson, I mean Jack Nicholson… you’re here man! He’s here! Jack, you’re here man. One Flew Over the Koko’s Nest, I mean China Town, Last Detail. Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman these people have excited a riot with in me and made me want to be an actor. Many of you people. I’ve learned so very much. Thank you. [Applause]
Thank you. Thanks a whole lot, Actors. You have been really good to me and I want you all to know I appreciate it. I do appreciate it and from…um I get to stand up here tonight for a whole slu of people who were just acting up a storm in this movie.
Laurence Fishburne, And Joe Martin, are any of them here? Joe, I don’t know what I deserved to be in the middle of that sandwich but it was really nice.
Obba Babatunde’, Ossie Davis – its like tag team acting. It was just a great time. Craig Sheffer, Thom Gossom, My good sister Donzaleigh Abernathy – we laughed a lot. I think you do that when there’s so much to cry about. But, I want you to know I am inspired by you and I’m just trying to keep it real, Thanks. [Applause]